Phil LeBeau is a CNBC auto and airline industry reporter based at the network's Chicago bureau. He is also editor of the Behind the Wheel section on CNBC.com.
LeBeau has reported one-hour documentaries for the network, including "Dreamliner: Inside the World's Most Anticipated Airplane," "Ford: Rebuilding an American Icon" and "Saving General Motors" and "Failure to Recall: Investigating GM."
Prior to joining CNBC, LeBeau served as a media relations specialist for Van Kampen Funds in Oak Brook Terrace, Ill., and was instrumental in implementing an initiative to communicate the company's mutual fund and investment practices to the public and the press. While at Van Kampen, LeBeau held a Series 6 license.
Previously, he held general assignment reporting positions at KCNC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Denver, and KAKE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Wichita, Kan. LeBeau began his career as a field producer at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, where he wrote, produced and researched consumer stories. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism with a bachelor's degree in journalism and broadcasting.
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OnStar is pushing to find more ways for subscribers to stay connected while behind the wheel. For example, GM is working on a feature that will allow drivers to use OnStar to update their social network sites safely while out and about in their car.
With this being the autumn of the electric car ramp up, the skeptics scoff at all the lithium-ion battery plants and assembly lines firing up around the country. The naysayers think there will be too much capacity and too little demand. A123 CEO Dave Vieau sees it far differently.
Two thirds of the way through the year, the Toyota brand finds itself in an unusual spot in the U.S. It's #3 behind Chevy and Ford. The Japanese brand could still close the gap and catch Chevy for #2, but I don't see it catching Ford for top brand honors.
By moving to trademark the term "Range Anxiety," GM has created some low level chatter about its soon to be released "Chevy Volt." And in an added bonus, it has made those competitors ripping the move look childish while also calling in to question if others can offer what the Volt promises.
Once again, many in the auto industry are howling about the latest attempt by the government to push the industry toward better fuel economy. The issue is whether new cars and trucks should come with a "Guzzler Grade" on the new car sticker prices.
If you happen to meet Bambi one night while driving on a dark road, here's a suggestion: Hit him.
German car maker Volkswagen AG will recall 80,000 cars from its luxury division Audi, with around 35,000 of the affected vehicles from China.
GoodYear tire company is recalling about 48,500 SUV tires after finding small cracks in treads.
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